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Joe Lieberman is front-runner for Federal Bureau of Investigation director

19 May 2017

"The FBI director should be above politics and have experience in criminal justice", Blumenthal said. Joe Lieberman was among his top candidates.

Joe Lieberman gives a "thumbs-up" as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Trump tipped Lieberman's status during a meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Trump told television anchors at a lunch Thursday he was close to making a selection. He led the bureau's Washington field office, one of its most prestigious posts, and was the deputy director from January 2016 until Mr. Comey's departure. On Thursday, Trump said Lieberman was one of the finalists to replace James Comey.

Lieberman traveled to the White House on Wednesday on short notice for an interview and afterward said it was a "good meeting".

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In addition, Trump will speak with acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Ohio Gov.

Comey was leading the investigation into whether Trump's campaign and his associates worked with Russian Federation to swing the 2016 election.

Later, Trump said he had been planning for months to sack Comey. King says, "I'm anxious with all special counsels because there's no control over them and they can abuse their power".

The Kentucky Republican had said initially that investigations by the Senate intelligence panel and the FBI were sufficient.

For years, Lieberman has crossed the political aisle to form alliances with Republicans. John Cornyn (R-Texas) speculated that Lieberman could get 100 confirmation votes, and Sen.

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"Joe Lieberman has no real law enforcement credentials". Flynn has figured prominently in the FBI investigation into Russian Federation and the election.

Mr. Spicer also declined to answer a question about whether he would support Mr. Comey testifying before Congress, as he has been invited to do.

Lieberman a 75-year-old an Orthodox Jew, was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000, the first Jewish candidate on a presidential ticket. Lieberman lost his 2006 Democratic primary bid but won Senate re-election as a third-party candidate. He backed Republican presidential nominee John McCain in 2008, angering many of his former Democratic colleagues by endorsing him at the Republican National Convention. He has spent part of his time as the co-chairman of a group called No Labels that seeks solutions by both political parties.

Lieberman is also in agreement with some of Trump's controversial positions, defending waterboarding by saying, "It's not like putting burning coals on people's bodies", and defending Trump's travel ban on Muslims, which federal courts have ruled unconstitutional.

"If they wanted me, I certainly would be honoured, but I really don't think that's going to happen", Mr Keating, 73, told the newspaper after his interview.

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